TRC rankings star: Danielle Johnson

• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary global rankings

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Danielle Johnson, who rode Avantage to G1 success. Photo: Elina Björklund/Svensk Galopp

+10 Danielle Johnson

A good week for female riders in Australasia, where Danielle Johnson landed her first G1 success since a long layoff last season with three fractures to her collarbone when she gave Avantage a cool ride to land the Haunui Farm WFA Group 1 Classic.

Victory in the one-mile event, better known as the Otaki-Maori WFA, earned Johnson a 10pt increase on the exclusive TRC Global Rankings, where she now stands at #254 (from #478) among jockeys.

Johnson, who has ridden five G1 winners altogether, is eighth in the New Zealand premiership behind Kozzi Asano. New Zealand, though, is a jurisdiction in which women riders thrive, and female colleagues Sam Collett and Lisa Allpress – both former champions – stand second and third.

In Australia, Linda Meech (+6pt) enjoyed G1 success on Pippie in the Oakleigh Plate. At #98, she is the only female in the Top 100, where world #3 Christophe Lemaire is now within just two points of Ryan Moore after Mozu Ascot’s victory in the February Stakes. Frankie Dettori, who won the Winter Derby on Dubai Warrior, remains #1.

For the second week running, other notable movers included Dubai-based Salem Bin Ghadayer, who scored an 8pt increase after the victory of Down On Da Bayou in the UAE Oaks to move up 34 places on the trainer’s list to #88 (from #132). 

With Capezzano and Gronkowski set to represent him in the Saudi Cup and the Dubai Carnival in full swing, Bin Ghadayer can look forward to further headway in the coming weeks. Then again, it is hardly surprising he is making year-on-year increases, given that he was banned at this time 12 months ago.

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